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International Rose Test Garden

400 Southwest Kingston Avenue, Portland, OR 97201
(503) 823-3636
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Ranked #4 of 309 attractions in Portland
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Type: Gardens
Traveler Description:  This is definitely a "must-see" while visiting Portland.  There is no admission fee.  Stroll through the gorgeous rose gardens here.  If it is a... more »
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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

i could smell some of the roses in the Japanese Garden, but did not know what i was smelling until i walked by this garden. i had to go down into the tiers to check out all the varieties. I really needed another hour, but i am glad i visited.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Lots of roses of many different varieties. It had a nice amphitheater. There was good music in the evening. Very pleasant to walk through and be in.

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Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Spent a couple of hours wandering thru the rose garden. Easy access via bus, walking or transit from downtown Portland. Go in the morning and you can take in both the rose garden and Japanese garden across the road. The Oregon zoo is also very close by via bus.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

After hiking a couple of miles from the Washington Park Max station, I was treated to the beauty of all the roses. If you like to photograph flowers, this is the place to go. From what I understand, the prime time to visit is June; however, the roses were plentiful in August, maybe too plentiful!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It's almost too much to see and smell, but well worth visiting. Since Washington Park is above Portland you'll have wonderful views of the city and the Willamette river. Bring your camera!!

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Aliso Viejo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We have not seen so many roses in one place. The test garden is beautifully laid out and you can easily identify the roses. We enjoyed the scents, the colors and the variety.

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Napa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

What a gorgeous spot in the hills of Portland. This garden is beautifully tended and formally designed. Just gorgeous! Make it a must-see on your trip!

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Grand Rapids, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It is absolutely worth the trip up the hill. We choose a perfect day to go and it didn't disappoint us. We just didn't understand how many types of roses there are.

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Austin, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Beautiful gardens full of spectacular roses. Though your still in the city you feel removed and at peace. Great place to go to walk around and truly smell the roses when your in Portland.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Visting the Rose Test Garden is a 'must' when touring Portland. Who doesn't like flowers? And the vast installation/planting of roses here, with more variety than I have ever seen in one place, was both impressive and beautiful.

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